Tony Romo Resists Urge To Audible From “Kneel Down” Play to Deep Pass Into Triple Coverage
LANDOVER, MD – Just one week after he controversially changed a 4th quarter running play to a pass, resulting in a game-losing interception, Cowboys QB Tony Romo, at the end of a 24-23 victory over the Redskins, resisted a powerful, last second urge to audible out of his team’s “kneel-down” victory play in favor of a deep pass to a triple-covered Miles Austin down the middle of the field, sources confirmed late Sunday.
“They had all their guys bunched up at the line of scrimmage. It just seemed like we might’ve had a chance to hit them for a big gain,” Romo said, defending the near-play change. “But I’ve been hearing a lot lately about the need to play more conservatively and make better decisions, so I figured I’d stick with the play call from the sideline. Though I’m gonna always be wondering, ‘what-if,’ you know?”
“I think we’re clearly seeing the maturation of Tony Romo,” a beaming Jerry Jones said of his 11th year QB. “In the past, Tony might have checked out of that ‘victory formation’ to look for a big play downfield. But now we’re seeing an older, wiser Tony Romo, who’s learned that sometimes it’s okay to just take what the defenses give you. And other times, it’s even better to take a knee in order to 100% guarantee a victory as opposed launching a low percentage, potentially game-losing bomb.”
Added Jones, “I couldn’t be prouder of the choice he made on that particular play.”
The comeback win against Washington puts Dallas in position to win the NFC East with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles next week at AT&T Stadium.
“Honestly, I’m still a little bummed that we didn’t throw in that situation,” Romo said of the kneel down, “But I can’t complain too much.Whenever you’re facing a big 4th quarter play while trying to protect a slim lead, the important thing is that you do NOT run the football. Which we didn’t, so I’m happy. ”
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